Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Since releasing video of a possible suspect, police have been following leads to catch the the man allegedly responsible for 24 simple assaults.
A week after releasing surveillance video of a potential suspect in the series of Springfield assaults, Fairfax County Police Department detectives are still following up on some of the phone calls they received, said PIO Lucy Caldwell. Caldwell said FCPD didn't receive an overwhelming amount of phone calls after the video was released; however, detectives are also following other viable leads they've received throughout the investigation. A series of Springfield assaults have been occurring since early September of last year. The suspect is approaching women of different ages and races from behind, grabbing them and fleeing. Police have not specified where on the body the victims were touched during the assaults. The latest incident …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
See which stories Kingstowne Patch readers clicked on the most in the month of March.
A few stories caught the attention of Kingstowne Patch readers this month. Here are the top 10 stories on the site from the past month. Once you're done reviewing the list, let us know if you're surprised by this month's top stories. Which story had you talking to coworkers at the water cooler the next day? 10. Police Arrest Two Armed Men from Springfield in Connection with Burke-Area Burglaries Fairfax County Police have charged two Springfield men, after connecting them as suspects with a series of burglaries that took place Tuesday afternoon in the Burke area, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon. The two men, Andrew Kovch, 27, and Jimmy Le, 23, were charged with burglary, attempted burglary and grand larceny. 9. …
A false report was recently made about a gun sighting near a school in Springfield; readers recently commented on a Patch Poll about guns and their reaction to sighting people with handguns in public.
With tragedies like the Aurora, Colo., shooting and the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., the issue of gun control laws in America has become a hot button topic and everyone has something to say about it. FCPD recently responded to a report of a gun sighting near Garfield Elementary in the Springfield area which turned out to be a false report. And in a recent weekly Patch Poll, 53 percent of readers said they would call the police if they saw someone with a handgun in public who made them uncomfortable. Considering recent incidents, seeing guns in public will probably cause others to be afraid or uncomfortable. Patch reader Joe Brenchick commented on the poll saying, "Anytime you open carry a firearm, you draw …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The following information was supplied by the Fairfax County Police Department in the most recent daily reports released March 19-21. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
On the above map, the addresses are block numbers, not specific home or business addresses. The following items are from the recent daily activity report from the Franconia Police District of the Fairfax County Police Department. Sexual Assault (red on map), 3:30 p.m., March 20, Hanover Avenue/Monticello Boulevard, A 27-year-old reported she was walking home late at night several days ago. She saw two men standing near bushes on her way. She avoided them, but they followed and grabbed her inappropriately. They fled when she struggled and screamed. In separate and unrelated incidents: Larcenies (blue on map): No vehicle thefts were reported at the time.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Captain Jim Baumstark, commander for the Franconia District Police Station, discussed crime in the area during Wednesday night's CAC meeting.
During Wednesday night's Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, Captain Jim Baumstark — commander of the Franconia District Police Station — addressed the issue of the series of assaults that have been occurring in the Springfield area since last September. "This guy is coming up from behind, grabbing women and running," he said. "The victims are traumatized. He obviously knows the area. The incidents are happening in the middle of the community and in the middle of public streets." Baumstark said because of the varying descriptions of the suspect, FCPD is not sure if it's just one man committing the simple assaults. One resident asked Baumstark if he thinks the suspect intentionally struck again on the same day of last week's community…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Franconia Police District commanders gave a brief crime update during Wednesday's CAC meeting.
A man has reportedly been impersonating a police officer near Hechinger Drive, according to Fairfax County Police. That was one of the more unique crime reports that came out of a Wednesday night meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee. Police are investigating the incident. The main crime news: Robberies in the Franconia District are down, Captain Jim Baumstark said during the meeting. Baumstark and First Lieutenant William Jacoby said they've dealt with a few burglaries in the past few weeks where victims of these crimes left doors and/or windows of their homes unlocked. The district commanders reminded those in attendance Wednesday night to lock their homes and vehicles and avoid leaving garage door openers in plain sight. A few …